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Olby Out: Al Gore's Current TV has canned it's lead purveyor of left-wing hate speech, Keith Olbermann. Awww. I'll sure miss Olby, even though I haven't watched him since he was on that other left-wing hate speech station, MSNBC (quick MSNBC hate speech example - last night Chris Matthews' show was calling Florida's Stand Your Ground law the "Kill At Will" law, which of course it is not. I don't know how anyone watches that crap). Olby will be replaced by the disgraced former Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer. You really can't make this stuff up. I assume Malik Zulu Shabazz wasn't available.
Escalate: Speaking of MSNBC, former Democratic presidential candidate, riot inciter, race baiter, framer of innocent people, MSNBC talk show host, and lynch mob leader, Al Sharpton, has called for an escalation of civil disobedience if George Zimmerman isn't arrested for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Sharpton said he will take things to the next "level", all peacefully, of course. Maybe someone should inform Sharpton that the shooting is under investigation at both the state and FBI level, and if the facts warrant it, Zimmerman WILL be arrested. The last time I checked, Al Sharpton was not the American justice system.
Don't Escalate: More sensible civil rights leaders than Sharpton backed away from his remarks:
Turner Clayton, the Seminole County chapter president of the NAACP, reacted immediately to Sharpton's warning, saying, "We hope that the citizens of Sanford will govern themselves accordingly. We are not calling for any sanctions, against any business or anyone else. And, of course, what Rev. Sharpton does, that's strictly the [National] Action Network. We can't condone that part of the conversation, if that's what he said."
Kudos to Mr. Clayton.
Hoodie Hoods: Former Black Panther Party leader and current Democratic Congressman from Chicago, Bobby Rush, made a spectacle of himself by putting a hoodie on in the halls of Congress. That was a show of support for Trayvon Martin. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), applauded Rep. Rush for his "courage", whatever that means. How much courage does it take to put on a shirt ? Meanwhile, back in Rush's home district, men wearing hoodies opened fire in a convenience store:
13 shot, 2 dead in Chicago in six hours Thursday night
The worst shooting occurred around 6 p.m. Thursday when two men in hooded sweatshirts opened fire inside a convenience store in the 1400 block of West 79th Street in the Gresham neighborhood, police said.
One man was killed and five others were wounded. The victims ranged in age from 16 to 24. The gunmen fled in an SUV and police continued searching for them this mornin
No word on when Al Sharpton, Bobby Rush, and company will show up to protest these shootings. They'll probably have to run the victims and perpetrators through their color-coded outrage meters first.
Who's Shooting Who ?: While I'm on the subject of race and crime, let's look at a few statistics. According to the Department of Justice, of total homicide victims in 2009, there were 6,568 white people murdered and 6,556 black people murdered. That means black people, who only represent a little over 12% of the population compared to white people's 75%, are being murdered at rates far, far above the homicide rate for white people. About six times as many blacks are being murdered, percentage wise. The difference is shocking. There's definitely a problem here. Now, let's look at who is shooting whom. According to the same 2009 DOJ statistics, of the homicide perpetrators, 5,286 were white, and 5,890 were black. Thus, blacks are also murdering people at rates far higher than whites. Mostly, black people are murdering other black people, but I don't see Al Sharpton protesting over that. As for interracial crime statisitcs, in 2009 single victim/single offender murders, there were 454 instances of a black killing a white, and 204 instances of a white killing a black. This means black on white homicides, percentage wise, are also far higher than the reverse. Doesn't exactly fit the Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson narrative, does it ? But these are just statistics I'm citing, and unlike Jesse and Al, statistics don't have an agenda. If Jesse and Al really want to fix the problems black people face in today's society, it would be nice if they actually acknowledged what the problems are.
Biden Time: Out on the old campaign trail, VP Joe Biden said something about a global minimum tax:
"For years, American manufacturers have faced one of the highest tax rates in the world. We want to reduce that by over 20 percent. We want to drop the rate, particularly, for high-tech manufacturers like you … even further than the 20 percent," Biden said. "We want to create a global minimum tax, because American taxpayers shouldn't be providing a larger subsidy for investing abroad than investing at home."
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney jumped all over Biden's remark:
“Raising taxes on American job creators is apparently not enough to satisfy President’s Obama’s trillion-dollar spending addiction. Instead of promoting pro-growth tax policies that provide businesses with the economic freedom to grow and prosper, he is backing a ‘global tax’ that would harm American competitiveness," Romney said in a statement released by the campaign. "My plan to reform the tax code by cutting rates and encouraging reinvestment here in America is the right way to jump-start an economic recovery and create new American jobs.”
Biden was most likely talking about the tax Obama wants to impose on multinational companies who ship jobs and profits overseas to avoid paying taxes, and in true Bidenesque fashion, Joe called it a global tax. Then again, it's often difficult to tell what Biden is talking about.
Biden Time, Part II: Joe says Obama has faced harder decisions than FDR did (not kidding):
“I’ve watched him make decisions that would make another man or woman’s hair curl,” Biden told the crowd of 150 inside the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee, according to a pool reporter on scene.
Biden, who has said he’s the last man in the room with Obama before a tough call, often attests that his boss has a “backbone like a ramrod.”
And today he said that mettle — and the “serious problems” Obama faced upon taking office — put the president in a class of his own.
“I think I can say … no president, and I would argue in the 20th century and including now the 21st century, has had as many serious problems which are cases of first-instance laid on his table,” Biden said. “Franklin Roosevelt faced more dire consequences, but in a bizarre way it was more straightforward.
Biden also discussed the decision by Obama to authorize a covert raid into Pakistan to kill or capture Osama bin Laden, noting that nearly the entire national security team — including Biden — advised against the raid. Obama made the call anyway.
The only one on the team who agreed with the president, said Biden, was then-CIA director Leon Panetta.
“Nobody but one person in that entire apparatus said go,” Biden said.”
I hate to clue Biden in, but Obama's hair already has curled. That's pretty common among white black folk (if Zimmerman is "white hispanic", then Obama is "white black"). And I seriously doubt FDR's Normandy invasion was an easier call than taking out Bin Laden with Seal Team Six, no matter what the voices in Biden's head may be telling him. Joe should go have a nice cup of tea, and maybe watch The Biggest Loser on the teevee. Except for making the right call on Bin Laden, all Obama's done is spend a bunch of other people's money, run up debt, and take away American liberty. Any tinpot tyrant can do that much.